Teaching basic lab skills
for research computing

By The Numbers

So what next for Software Carpentry? One possibility is to turn the scripts for the episodes, the examples, and the diagrams in the slides into a book. Let's crunch some numbers to see how feasible that is:

Topics 24
...mostly done (say, 80%) 18
...not even started 6
Words per topic 5,000
Words to write 48,000
Words per day 1,500
Days required 32
Editing, diagrams, etc. ×2
Total days 64
Code complete July 15, 2011

That completion date assumes I start this coming Monday (April 11, 2011). The schedule assumes a 5-day rather than a 7-day week, but that's because the longer hours would actually be less productive (see Evan Robinson's "Why Crunch Mode Doesn't Work" for a summary of the research). 1500 finished words per day, and the factor of two for editing and diagrams, are both based on my experience with several previous books, so there's not much give there.

Unfortunately, mid-July two and a half months past the end of my funding. So close, and yet so far...

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